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Crafty Mom: Christmas crafts to keep and give

Posted December 8, 2011
Updated December 10, 2011

Salt dough ornaments

Ah yes…it is that time of year again! It is the season of family, food, and fun. Enjoy this holiday season with some fun crafts and activities to add to your family time.

Thanks to Play At Home Mom for the first two crafts!

Epsom Salt Ornaments

You will need Popsicle sticks, glue, Epsom salt, food coloring and yarn. Glue Popsicle sticks together to make fun shapes likes stars, snowflakes, or Christmas trees. Let the glue dry completely. Add glue to the ornament on all of its sides and corners. Sprinkle with the salt. You can add colors to the salt by first mixing it with food coloring if you choose. Attach a piece of yarn and glue firmly. Decorate the tree! Tip: Use a clear plastic box or blanket outside to catch all of the unused salt.

Bath Salts (a great DIY Christmas gift)

All you need is a bag of Epsom salt and food coloring, as well as some unique jars, bottles, and containers. Pour salt into a clear container or plastic bag. Add food coloring (the kids love this part) and mix together. Layer different colors of the salt into the jars or bottles. Maybe add a little peppermint essential oils and then tie with a ribbon and tag! Christmas gift done!

Make Your Own Gift Wrap

Pour a thin layer of acrylic or fabric paint onto a plastic plate using a separate plate for each color. Have your child press the bottom of a plastic water bottle into the paint and make dots on a long strip of craft paper. Let your child use their imagination to make all kinds of designs using the bottle and its cap. Use the paper to wrap your presents!

And lastly, a great craft to remember your little ones when they aren’t so little…

Salt Dough Ornaments

To make 12 ornaments, you will need 4 cups of flour, 1 ½ cups of water, and 1 cup of salt. Combine ingredients and knead dough for 15 to 20 minutes. Roll dough out and cut around hand or cut circles out for making hand imprints. Use cookie cutters for ornaments or gift tags. If necessary, slightly dampen pieces to make them stick together. Make a small hole for the hanger and prick to prevent air bubbles.

Bake at 300ºF about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. You may have to bake considerably longer depending on how thick your items are. They may not feel hard right away but will harden as they cool.

Paint to decorate and give as a gift or hang on your tree! My little one LOVED this craft and we made some for family members too.

Happy holidays from our family to yours. See you next year!

Amber is the stay-at-home mom of a baby, a full-time graduate student at N.C. State and a part-time photographer. She lives with her family in Garner. She shares crafts here on Go Ask Mom once or twice a month.

For more holiday fun and events, check the 2011 Go Ask Mom Holiday Page.

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